31 August 2009
?Bird & Bird has formed an alliance with Beijing IP boutique Xiang Kung Law Firm, with the aim of strengthening its contentious capabilities in China.
The Radmacher case heard in the Court of Appeal, which accepted the viability of a prenup against the ruling of the first instance judge, appears to have allowed for an incursion of foreign law into English courts. By Henry Brookman
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have played key roles in the restructuring of German company Schaeffler’s debt, paving the way for the ball-bearing producer to merge with auto-parts manufacturer Continental.
First day back from the summer break, and lawyers across the country are rushing to their desks with smiles on their faces and a song in their hearts.
?Bahrain is to open an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) centre in a move aimed at bolstering legal capabilities across the Middle East.
?Burges Salmon is to make up to 27 business services staff and four property lawyers redundant as part of the second phase of its internal restructuring. The Bristol firm launched its cost-cutting drive in March, making 18 associates redundant and deferring start dates for seven of its future trainees. After completing a review of its business support function the firm has announced a second redundancy ...
The Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group is setting up a sub-group aimed at providing support for London-based in-house banking lawyers.
?CMS Cameron McKenna has created business responses for three potential scenarios as it prepares for a challenging year ahead.
Clifford Chance has delayed the appointment of a global litigation head to replace Mark Kirsch as it seeks to redefine the role.
Simon Fuller’s celebrity management agency 19 Entertainment has bought a majority stake in the Storm model agency, leading to instructions for Charles Russell and Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).
Clifford Chance has muscled in on Linklaters’ client Montagu Private Equity by acting on a rare leveraged buyout in Germany.
?DLA Piper has hired former Linklaters corporate partner Jon Hayes. Hayes’ practice focuses on international M&A and capital markets advisory work. At DLA Piper he will work alongside the firm’s Europe, Middle East and Africa corporate head Juan Picon and will focus on strengthening relationships with Asian clients. ...
Doughty Street Chambers has set up shop in Manchester after four barristers defected from Garden Court North Chambers to join the civil liberties set. Doughty Street director Robin Jackson said it would provide a base from which the set will grow. The branch is to be manned by four former Garden Court North barristers: Nick Stanage, Paul Draycott, Farrhat Arshad and Erimnaz Mushtaq. The move comes after London’s 39 Essex Street announced its Manchester launch in April. 39 Essex Street ...
What a difference a year of mass job cuts makes. A year ago YouGov’s first legal sector employee engagement survey revealed a chasm between the level of engagement felt by lawyers and business services staff, with the latter feeling undervalued, underpaid and out of the loop.
?Eversheds has teamed up with City rivals and three recruitment firms to tackle the issue of diversity in legal recruitment.
?Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has introduced a new career path for senior associates as an alternative to partnership.
?Two alumni of MTV Europe’s legal team have landed new jobs in recent weeks, with Andrea Appella taking a role at News Corporation and Svenja Geissmar becoming Arsenal FC’s first general counsel.
Private client and property boutique Forsters has hired former RadcliffesLeBrasseur private client chief Kelly Noel-Smith.
As the likes of Allen & Overy and Norton Rose set out ambitious litigation growth plans, Herbert Smith is busy consolidating.
?Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has hired Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker’s London vice-chairman to bulk up its tax practice in the City. Justin Hamer is the seventh partner to join the US firm in London since it launched in June. GTM launched with Mayer Brown co-vice-chair Paul Maher. Maher was joined by Mayer Brown partners Fiona Adams and Cate Sharp before hiring a capital markets trio from White ...
?Fee-earners across Cambridge-headquartered firm Hewitsons’ offices have had their pay cut, but their hours have been reduced by a disproportionate amount.
Ignoring the lure of international expansion, the Greek legal market remains primarily made up of family-run firms focused on the local market.
Macfarlanes has made the first double partner hire in its history, taking on restructuring specialist Francis Bridgeman from Allen & Overy (A&O) and litigator Barry Donnelly from Jones Day.
Mishcon de Reya has won compensation for a quartet of bankers who had their bonuses withheld after their employer was bought by Commerzbank.
?London media boutique MLaw is branching out into film and regulatory work after hiring a pair of partners from Charles Russell.
Norton Rose has stepped up its pursuit of a US merger following its June tie-up with Australian firm Deacons. And the firm has now widened its search beyond the confines of New York.
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Osborne Clarke is set to strengthen its banking and finance disputes practice with the hire of partner Ed Crosse from Clifford Chance.
?With the catastrophic predictions of the economic downturn failing to fully materialise, Margaret Taylor reflects on firms’ past, present and future strategies
YouGov survey finds greater proportion of junior lawyers coveting partnership in year that promotions nosedive
From an explosive setback in the 1990s, the past decade has seen Norton Rose consolidate its business - yet its key overseas ambitions remain a work in progress
Shearman & Sterling’s European network has been hit by the defection of two Brussels antitrust partners to Arnold & Porter. Shearman’s Brussels office has been left with no permanent partners after Annette Schild and Silvio Cappellari left for Arnold & Porter along with counsel Stephanie Birmann. Shearman’s Brussels office now has just two associates, with competition partner Hans Jurgen Meyer-Lindemann splitting his time between Düsseldorf and Brussels.
The incoming chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board Charles Plant has vowed to heal rifts between the regulator and the City by opening a London office.
?The newly appointed board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is littered with City stars, highlighting a change in direction for the SRA, which has come under fire for failing to address the concerns of major commercial firms.
For someone who doesn’t drink much, Sabine Chalmers has made a niche for herself in the top legal post at Anheuser-Busch InBev.
?South West firm TLT Solicitors is consulting with partners about overhauling the firm’s lockstep to adopt a more merit-based system.
?Travers Smith’s incoming managing partner Andrew Lilley, who takes over from Chris Carroll in January, will take a five-week break during October and November to work at Ashray Akrutia, a school for the deaf in India. Adopt A Business, a UK company that organises sabbaticals for professionals, arranged the sabbatical for Lilley, who will apply his business expertise to running the school. Travers ...
Tulkinghorn would like to doff his cap, incline his head and metaphorically shake the virtual hand of Eversheds, for what turned out to be the serendipitous invitation of the summer.
While most firms have resorted to cutbacks and layoffs, Winston has grasped the nettle and expanded its overseas capabilities
What was your first-ever job?A summer job fixing wooden boxes at a greenhouse compound. I was given a lesson in work ethics by being reprimanded for working too intensively.